October Stats

3 11 2014

So, it’s November. That means that at the end of THIS month, I’ll be racing in my first ever Ironman. Cue stomach butterflies, obsessive checking of the Ironman Cozumel page, and extreme measures to prevent illness. Ok, maybe I won’t be taking “extreme measures” but I will be popping echinacea and vitamin C every day…

Anyhow, let’s see how October panned out.

Run: 179 km

In October, I tackled my farthest run so far (28km). I think we will be doing a few more of those, if not longer in the next week or so, and boy, I’m excited. NOT.  At least the weather is getting cooler here, so long runs are a bit more enjoyable!

I also tested my ability to withstand boredom with some long runs on the good ol’ treadmill. Once I did two hours (having to restart the treadmill after the first hour) and another time I ran 17km- a little over an hour and a half.

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This whole Ironman training thing has really screwed up my perspective of what constitutes a “normal” run. Last Wednesday, we did a 16km run after work. That’s nearly 10 miles- but my attitude was like, “meh, it’s just a 16k”- WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?? I guess that’s a good sign?

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IM training has also showed me how far my fitness has come since earlier this season. On Friday, I went out for an 8 mile run: 1 mile WU, 6 x 1 mile under HR 158 with 1 minute rest between, and 1 mile CD. I had a little help from the wind, and it wasn’t on the track, but I still had a really good run. Each mile was right around or just under 9:00, with my fastest mile being 8:45 (it was my last one too!) With the minute rest (for my HR to come down) my average HR was 152 for each. We did a similar workout in August, on the track (mind you, it was much hotter and we did 10 repeats), but I looked back at my stats and saw that all of the miles, with the exception of the first, were over 9:00 and my slowest was 9:33. My avg HR for each of those ranged from 153 (first one only) all the way up to 159.

So, I know my engine is getting stronger, I just need to keep on, keeping on!

Bike: 814 km

This month included a 180 km ride, which is equal to the distance of the IM race. Phew. That was a long one! This month also included a bunch of trainer time, getting more specific gear work in. I’m feeling stronger on the bike, but I’m looking forward to giving my crotch a rest from sitting in that darn saddle!

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The weather is also getting cooler, and I’m such a wuss now! Riding when it is cold is not fun, so I’m looking forward to not being obligated to ride when it’s chilly outside.

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Swim: 31km

We really upped our long swims this month, including a straight 4000 and 3 x 1500. Oh boy! It’s getting cooler here in FL, so it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get up in the morning and jump in the outdoor pool when the temperature is in the 50s. At least it’s not in the 40s? Thankfully we just learned that our favorite pool is getting the heat working and they’ll be open year round- yay!

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Other: I think I took a Yin yoga class or two and did PiYo once or twice to counteract some pain I was having (both helped, as did foam rolling), but those are definitely not at the top of my priority list (but maybe they should be?).

Races: Nada!

Current Reads: I finished reading Meatonomics- well sort of. The actual book is done, now I just have to read my way though the appendices. I also just started (of course) a cheesy Ironman book, Unlikely Finisher 140.6. I was looking for an easy read that would pump me up for the race.

Current Song: ?? I haven’t updated my iPod in awhile, so whatever is on there is good enough for now!

Current Indulgence: Pumpkin everything. How can Trader Joe’s make so much delicious pumpkin products? Pumpkin mochi, pumpkin bread, rolls, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin butter, pumpkin caramel! Can pumpkin season stay around forever?

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Current excitement: I think you know what this one is. T minus 26 days until IM COZUMEL!!

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Confessions of an Ironman In Training

15 10 2014

1. I want to eat #allthefood. Post ride/run/swim hunger is real. I’m a little worried about converting back to eating normal amounts of food after Ironman is over…

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2. I keep a bag of frozen corn in your freezer at all times. It comes in handy after long rides. However, you should probably label it “Ironman’s ice pack” or “I put this bag on my sweaty crotch” so it will not get used for food.

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3. I have a special pair of very soft cotton underwear that I save for post-long rides. TMI, I know.

4. Sticking my hands down my shorts before a ride is a very normal occurrence. Again, TMI. But really, thank goodness for Chamois Butter!

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5. I have the sexiest tan lines on the planet.

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(this photo does not do them justice)

6. The bed becomes very appealing at 9pm. And at 1pm. And at 5pm. Heck, if I could just eat, sleep, and train, that would be great.

7. I take more baths than I did when I was an infant. However, Epsom salt or ice is my additive of choice  rather than No more Tears.

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8. I am afraid to go get a pedicure because I’m super embarrassed by how rugged/blister-y and gross my feet are.

9. I have spent far more money than I care to admit on hydration and nutrition products. That stuff can get pricey!!

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10. I have spent many Friday and Saturday nights reading re-reading and reading again an embarrassing number of race reports from Ironman Cozumel. What else do I have to do on a weekend night before a long workout?

A few of my favorites: Katie’s , Lauren’s, Sonja’s, John’s (on his wife Maria’s blog)

I may be biased because I either know these people in person or follow them on social media. Note that all but John’s report are multi-post. You must read all the parts!

11. I go back and forth between loving the journey and being so over it. Is it November 30th yet?

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12. Ironman training is hard. Really hard. On your body, on your emotions, on your wallet, on your relationships. I am thankful to have an amazingly supportive boyfriend and friends who are crazy enough to do this thing with me.
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September Summary

2 10 2014

It seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye. Wasn’t it just Labor Day? I’m not quite sure how today is the first of October, and that 2014 is 3/4 of the way over.

The beginning of October means that I have 2 full months until Ironman Cozumel. I actually have less than that to really train because of taper. I’m going to be perfectly honest- I am getting scared. I’ve started to doubt myself, and thoughts like,  These workouts are hard, will I really be able to make it the whole way? Something always seems to be hurting- will I even make it to the starting line? Am even I doing enough training?

I know that part of being an Ironman is overcoming not only the mental challenges, but the physical ones as well. I’ve got two months to work on my mental and physical game. Time to buckle down!

Here’s how September shaped up:

Run: 147km

That includes a long run each week ranging from 15km-22km, with the exception of one week due to an annoying Achilles issue. The Achilles is better, but now my knee hurts. Ugh. I can’t win. Running sure does take a toll on my body. I can only imagine how I’ll feel next month…

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Bike: 853 km

Surprisingly, this number is smaller than last month’s. I think it’s because we had a bunch of rain and we often spent one of the two weekend days inside on the trainer. I also had a race weekend, which meant only one shorter ride that weekend.

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Swim: 24km

Not bad, not bad. I’ve been doing a lot of pull sets to rest my legs and build my upper body. The other day I did 36 x 100 pull! Talk about boring, but that’s also good mental prep!

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Other: Other fitness workouts like Piyo have basically become non-existent. I think I did 2-3 the entire month. I just don’t have the time or energy to do anything other than swim, bike and run.

Races: AC Tri!

This is definitely one of my favorite races. I had a good showing and I hope to go back next year!

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Current Reads: All the IM Cozumel race reports I can find. Yes, I’m pathetic.

I’m also reading Meatonomics upon recommendation by Maria. I have at least 3 trips between now and Cozumel, so I’m hoping I’ll have time to finish it. It’s really interesting!

Current Obsession: This will probably read Ironman from here on out.

Current song: Hm. I still turn up the radio when “Break Free” comes on

Current need: A massage! I think tight calves are what is causing all my leg issues. Good thing I set one up for Friday!

Current indulgence: Scandal. It’s back, and I am oh so happy about that! Makes for some good times on the trainer!

Current excitement: I am getting super excited about the vacation part of my Cozumel trip. Is it time to relax on a hammock on the beach yet?

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